[Interview] JAW GEMS Make Magical Beat Music And Play Virtual Reality
JAW GEMS are on tour this summer with a few festivals in the mix. The group also has a new album cooking to be served to us sometime next year.
We had the pleasure of sitting down at a picnic table outside of The Elk's Lodge with Andrew Scherzer and Tyler Quist before their late night set at Fool's Paradise.
How would you guys describe your music?
Andy: Heavily synth-ed bass, beat music. Downtempo, I guess? Jazz informed changes but I wanna call it jazz. If that makes sense... Tyler? Does that work?
Tyler: Yes! Yeah, it's definitely jazz. Jazz chords but like hip-hop beats. Really like psychedelic sound stuff, delay filters, reverb, chill vibes.
Can you tell us about your new album HEATWEAVER?
Tyler: Yeah. We recorded it last year. A lot of the songs have been songs we had on the backburner for a long time. A couple of those songs are like three years old and we hadn't been playing at all. I would say probably half of them are that and then half of them we had been playing live before we even recorded them on the record. Then we were like we have to put all of these on the new record. We were playing half of those songs when we released the album before that. So, it's been a journey to record that, to record HEATWEAVER, for sure.
Can you tell us more about the Instagram post with your manager playing virtual reality?
Andy: Yeah! She doesn't live there now, she lives in Brooklyn, and I'm a nerd so I have that stuff. She was probably in a blood vessel or something... floating through a blood stream. Probably baked, super baked.
Is there a back story or underlying message to your music video "Party Slave"?
Tyler: DJ, the drummer, he just had the idea. Right?
Andy: Yeah! The premise of the video, the literal premise, which is just a bunch of gross, old dudes looking for magical babes or something. Is all that it is. DJ probably had the idea that week or something and then we all thought, "Well that's ridiculous. Let's do that! Cool."
So we spent WAY too long tripping, not "tripping," I mean like falling down over each other at his folk's house Readfield, Maine. They have a beautiful property. We literally just walked around filming in the woods, falling down, looking like idiots, for probably all day.
Tyler: All day.
Andy: We could have done that in probably two hours, but we spent all day.
Should we be on the lookout for anything new?
Tyler: Absolutely! We have so many beats on the backburner right now. We have enough for a bunch more records. We have been on the road a lot this year so we just haven't had a lot of time to get into the studio to record stuff, but we always bring our laptops around, just record stuff on the road.
We have all of the ideas and sketches are there. We just need to get into the studio and lay them down really.
I would say we should definitely have a couple singles for the summer!
Andy: We have some announced, cool stuff happening. I can't really say. So if everything happens the way it's happening, probably by the beginning of next year. I would say, we will have a new album.
It's with Tyler, Hassan, DJ. Everyone writes so much material that we have plenty of albums worth of backlogged stuff ready, plus whatever we write. This is the first year we've been out touring a lot. We just haven't gotten in to chill with each other between tour legs. We just gotta do that!
Catch these groove masters on tour with STS9 and My Morning Jacket!
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